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App Schmapp, make sure you give ‘em a good story – Guest Post by Annie Fox, M. Ed. | The Digital Media Diet

App Schmapp, make sure you give ‘em a good story – Guest Post by Annie Fox, M. Ed. | The Digital Media Diet | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it

We’ve all seen story apps with knockout art and animation – digital eye candy so vibrant, lovely, and/or filled with whimsy we may just want to slip into this new world and stay forever. Which is why adults, who do all the reviewing and buying of kids story apps, go gaga for apps that look great. And of course, story apps need to look great on the screen. After all, we’re talking about creating content for a visual medium.

 

But story apps have the word “story” right in there for a reason. They need an actual story to qualify. A boy sitting down to slurp a loooong noodle isn’t a story. When a length of pasta is a story’s only protagonist and it doesn’t even speak or do anything, well, we’ve truly entered the realm of PDD (Plot Deficit Disorder).


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Carisa Kluver's curator insight, January 22, 2013 4:59 PM

A wonderful new post from print & digital author Annie Fox ...

Terry Doherty's curator insight, January 25, 2013 2:52 PM

Great insight and nice reminders on "keeping your eye on the prize."

BookChook's curator insight, February 25, 2013 3:02 PM

I would add, not only a good story, but also written in good English. Some of the misspellings and vocabulary choices I've seen are downright alarming. 

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Social Navigator: Groundbreaking Social Skills App Challenges Conventional Parenting and Teaching Practices

Social Navigator: Groundbreaking Social Skills App Challenges Conventional Parenting and Teaching Practices | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it

Has technology advanced to the point where an iPad can mentor a child in the middle of a social conflict?

 

Social Navigator: Groundbreaking Social Skills App Challenges Conventional Parenting and Teaching Practices - on PR.com...


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USA TODAY Education's Teachers' Lounge » Teaching Kids About Commercials

USA TODAY Education's Teachers' Lounge » Teaching Kids About Commercials | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it

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BookChook's curator insight, January 8, 2013 7:41 PM

Visual literacy and media literacy have definite overlaps. One thing they share that is so important for kids is the ability to think critically. 

Terry Doherty's comment, January 9, 2013 11:18 AM
Grat piece, Susan! Thanks
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New Concerns Over Apps for Children

New Concerns Over Apps for Children | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
The Center for Digital Democracy, an advocacy group, filed a complaint on Tuesday with federal regulators saying that Mobbles, a popular animated gaming app for children, collected personal data from users without notifying parents.
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Making music together connects brains

Making music together connects brains | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it

Anyone who has ever played in an orchestra will be familiar with the phenomenon: the impulse for one’s own actions does not seem to come from one’s own mind alone, but rather seems to be controlled by the coordinated activity of the group.

 

Scientists working with Ulman Lindenberger at the Max Planck Institute for Human Development in Berlin had already discovered in 2009 that the activity of guitarists' brain waves synchronises when they play a duet. Now the scientists have gone one step further, examining the brain activity of various pairs of guitar players performing a piece of music with two different parts. Their aim was to find out whether synchronisation of the brain waves would still occur when two guitarists are not playing exactly the same notes. If it did, this would be inconsistent with the assumption that similarities in brain activity between the two guitarists are entirely due to perceiving the same stimuli or performing the same movements. Instead, it would suggest something more spectacular: that the two brains synchronize to support interpersonal action coordination.


This is, in fact, what they found. Further, synchronization was present before the duet even began to play. "When people coordinate actions with one another, small networks within the brain and, remarkably, between the brains are formed, especially when the activities need to be precisely aligned in time, for example at the joint play onset of a piece," says Johanna Sänger. 

This is expected to occur in other situations as well--not only in music performance. 


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Too much TV time, too little activity for children

Too much TV time, too little activity for children | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
AS the parents of toddlers will attest, tots appear to be permanently on the move.

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Mothers and babies can instantly synchronize their hearts just by smiling at each other

Mothers and babies can instantly synchronize their hearts just by smiling at each other | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
Mothers and their babies are often said to share a deep, intimate connection...but even so, this new discovery is weird. Simply by looking and smiling at each other, moms and babies synchronize their heartbeats to within milliseconds of each other.

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The Motivation Equation: Understanding a Child's Lack of Effort

The Motivation Equation: Understanding a Child's Lack of Effort | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
Children want to do well, to feel good about themselves—and about others. So what is at the root of motivation problems? How can parents and teachers help?

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Mother's touch could change effects of prenatal stress

Mother's touch could change effects of prenatal stress | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
Scientists have found that mothers who stroke their baby's body in the first few weeks after birth may change the effects that stress during pregnancy can have on an infant's early-life development.

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Books Change How a Child's Brain Grows | Wired Science | Wired.com

Books Change How a Child's Brain Grows | Wired Science | Wired.com | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
Books and educational toys can make a child smarter, but they also influence how the brain grows, according to new research presented here on Sunday at the annual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience.

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Deborah McNelis's comment, October 20, 2012 11:50 AM
A valuable article on important research. Continuing to share evidence of what is best for developing brains is essential to making a positive impact.
Audrey's comment, January 29, 2013 5:37 AM
I would agree. Do have a look at all the educational toys to be found on http://www.homeschoolsource.co.uk
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Girls with ADHD at Risk for Self-Injury, Suicide Attempts as Young Adults

Girls with ADHD at Risk for Self-Injury, Suicide Attempts as Young Adults | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
Girls with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder are significantly more likely to attempt suicide or injure themselves as young adults than girls who do not have ADHD, according to research published by the American Psychological Association.

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Dear iBooks: Maybe Apple Is Just Not That Into You … | The Digital Media Diet

Have you ever recommended an app to a friend? How about an iBook? Last month, while on a field trip for my child’s class, I was talking to another parent about the many great possibilites for iBooks Author. In the process, she wanted to download something I recommended right then, onto her iPhone. However, we both soon discovered, while looking at her device, that she didn’t have iBooks installed. And she couldn’t install it until she got on a wifi network, since the app is over 30MB.

 

Before this, I knew that iBooks was an app I had to download onto my iPad, but I hadn’t really thought about how this simple fact might be creating a significant barrier to consumer adoption of iBooks. Why would Apple do this? I assume a decision this big wasn’t by chance. Consider the apps that do come pre-installed on every new iPad ...


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Kids and Family Reading Report – 4th edition revealed today

Kids and Family Reading Report – 4th edition revealed today | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it

January 14th, 2013

Today, Scholastic announced the fourth edition of our Kids & Family Reading ReportTM.

 

Kids age 6-17 and their parents shared their views on reading in the increasingly digital landscape and the influences that impact kids’ reading frequency and attitudes toward reading.


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Terry Doherty's curator insight, January 17, 2013 1:33 PM

Fascinating survey. Everyone is honing in on the ebook upsurge ... but the kids say they like print for their fun reading. Go figure!

Meryl Jaffe, PhD's curator insight, January 17, 2013 3:47 PM

It is fascinating and a bit scary...Kids' reading for fun is still quite the challenge for parents and teachers.

Meryl Jaffe, PhD's comment, January 17, 2013 4:23 PM
Thanks Cairsa for the post!
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New Concerns Over Apps for Children

New Concerns Over Apps for Children | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
The Center for Digital Democracy, an advocacy group, filed a complaint on Tuesday with federal regulators saying that Mobbles, a popular animated gaming app for children, collected personal data from users without notifying parents.
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Does Digital Media Make Us Bad Writers? | Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning

Does Digital Media Make Us Bad Writers? | Spotlight on Digital Media and Learning | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
Spotlight covers the intersections of technology and education, going behind the research to show how digital media is used in and out of classrooms to expand learning.
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How Technology is Changing the Way Children Think and Focus

How Technology is Changing the Way Children Think and Focus | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
Are your children prepared to think and focus for success in 21st century life?

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Jim Siders's curator insight, March 20, 2013 12:06 PM

to tech or not to tech........that is the question. Not just a casual question if this report is accurate.

sarah's curator insight, May 31, 2013 2:04 AM

Très intéressant.

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The Digital Media Diet Parents, Kids & The Digital Shift: Strategies for a Balanced Media Diet | The Digital Media Diet

The Digital Media Diet Parents, Kids & The Digital Shift: Strategies for a Balanced Media Diet | The Digital Media Diet | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it

This guest post is brought to you in collaboration with Lorraine Akemann of Moms With Apps. This is Part 1 of a 2 part post … the 2nd part will appear in the MomsWithApps.comblog in December of 2012.

 

 

From Lorraine, “Carisa and I have both been blogging about family-friendly apps since 2009. We realized through our friendship and conversations, that contrary to what the public might think, media habits in our own homes are actually quite conservative. By immersing ourselves in tech culture, we are gaining enough ‘digital literacy’ to make media plans for our own kids. We hope that by sharing our own stories, we can learn more about your stories, and create a collective view about healthy media habits for families.”

 

Through our discussions, we found ourselves contemplating similar questions, like, “How much screentime is too much?” This turned out to be a key issue on both our minds, as we navigate family life. There is a balance between exposing children to technology, and keeping technology at bay … so trade-offs aren’t made with other aspects of a child’s development.

 

 

 

Below, you’ll find some of the techniques that we’ve identified, with data from our survey. We did this ‘quick study’ with 100 parents recruited from high-tech households in our social media fan base for Digital-Storytime & MomsWithApps.

 

The purpose of the survey was to take a the ‘temperature’ of other families trying to balance media use for their kids, to see how our list stacked up against techniques being used by other families. Note: We focused primarily on ‘leisure time’ or ‘free time’ use of visual media or ‘screen time’ by kids, excluding all curricular & extra-curricular use of media devices for learning in a school/homework or homeschool environment (as well as use of screens for communication or other ‘acts of daily living’ for children with learning disabilities). 

 

We also gathered a lot of qualitative comments that we’ll present in the the 2nd post, regarding advice from parents about how to manage screen time & ideas for the larger community.


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15 Gifts You Can Give Yourself for Free

15 Gifts You Can Give Yourself for Free | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
The best things in life aren’t things.

 

The best things in life aren’t things. So next time you want to give yourself a gift, save your money, and consider gifting yourself one of the following instead:


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High-Quality Preschool Education Crucial To Economy, Society: Report

High-Quality Preschool Education Crucial To Economy, Society: Report | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
In a brief released Tueday, National Education Policy Center managing director Dr. William Mathis urges policymakers to invest in high-quality preschool education, citing its universally acknowledged economic and social benefits.

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Teachers Lend Their Views - momswithapps.com

Teachers Lend Their Views - momswithapps.com | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it

On November 1st, Pew Internet released a report called “How Teens Do Research in a Digital World”. I spent time reading the fifth section of the report, which relayed teacher comments about literacy, reading, focus, overexposure, and adaptation. Parents who are curious about how digital technologies are impacting the classroom will find a variety of perspectives to consider. The report can be downloaded via PDF, or viewed online.

Here are two points of view written in the report, along with a graphic about what skills teachers consider most valuable for students to have in the future ...


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10 Surprising Features Of Finland’s Education System | Edudemic

10 Surprising Features Of Finland’s Education System | Edudemic | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it

Students in Finland don’t start school until they’re 7 years old.


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10 Tips To Eliminate Chaos In Your Daily Routine

10 Tips To Eliminate Chaos In Your Daily Routine | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
Chaos in the workplace causes stress and loss of productivity. Here are ten ways to get rid of it once and for all.

 

In the movie Changing Lanes, William Hurt delivers a memorable line. He tells Samuel Jackson: "You're addicted to chaos." Chaos is the antonym of organization, orderliness and calm.

 

Chaos erodes our peace of mind and causes unnecessary turmoil, delays and loss of productivity.

 

The literature on time management is abundant. We all crave to save time in our increasingly hectic schedules so that we can accomplish our goals. One way to salvage precious time is to focus on eliminating preventable chaos from our lives.

 

Here are some ideas to help you accomplish this:


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The 6 People You Need in Your Corner

The 6 People You Need in Your Corner | Moms & Parenting | Scoop.it
Nothing incredible is accomplished alone.

 

You need others to help you, and you need to help others. With the right team, you can form a web of connections to make the seemingly impossible practically inevitable.


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